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How to Leverage Social Media to Get Hired in a Skills Based Economy

By Yair Riemer | 6 months ago | Skills | No Comments

The way we’re learning is changing: online courses and certification programs are proliferating and we’re picking up skills continuously throughout life—not just while in school. The line between academic and corporate training is blurring and “skills” are top of mind for hiring companies:

“As an employer I want the best prepared and qualified employees. I could care less if the source of their education was accredited by a bunch of old men and women who think they know what is best for the world. I want people who can do the job.” –Mark Cuban

Most companies agree with Cuban. A 2013 Internships.com survey revealed that employers care least about what college or university an applicant attended and care most about the candidate’s relevant experience and interview performance when evaluating who to hire. Employers care about skills. I don’t really care what university you attended, do you have the right skill-set, can you get the job done?

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Here’s how you can leverage your existing social media skills and strengthen your job candidacy for skills-focused employers:

Acquire Skills, But Showcase Them Too

 If you’re an experienced marketer, perhaps you have a HootSuite University certification—the industry standard for social media education. Or maybe you’re skilled in WordPress or Google Analytics.

We’re still in the infancy of the online learning and skills market, but that WordPress, GA or HootSuite knowledge can be a great differentiator. So you shouldn’t leave those certifications collecting dust in the corner like that 3rd grade soccer trophy in your parents’ basement. Showcase your skills to the world. You don’t need a digital badge to verify your strengths; your most powerful tool is social media.

Participate in Twitter chats around your expertise. Share your advice with others by becoming a regular commenter on popular blogs in your industry. You’d be surprised at the personal brand you can build through honest and authentic discourse in the comments section of relevant blogs and other industry specific forums. Hiring employers will notice these contributions and you’ll gain something from these interactions, too: a wider network, and new ideas to take with you.

Social Media as a Career Discovery and Engagement Tool

Companies are spreading their employment brand to Facebook and distributing their jobs via Twitter, looking to target and generate new job applicants. A recent TweetMyJobs social recruiting study revealed that two out of three companies plan to expand their social recruiting initiatives this year. Don’t be left behind.

Want a job at Geico? A 15 minute research session on the auto insurance giant’s Twitter or Facebook page could just save you a trip to that outdated job board you’ve been visiting since the mid ‘90s.

Interested in landing a public relations or advertising job in New York City? Drink through Twitter’s firehose and find the latest opportunities in real time, before anyone else. There are over 2 billion Twitter search queries every day—and hundreds of thousands of jobs to be found.

Follow Twitter accounts dedicated to your career interest and also follow relevant employees at your dream company to learn more about their milestones. You’ll get an inside glimpse into a company’s culture, mission and values, and be better positioned to ace your interview.

If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get

One of the benefits of social media is the access it has afforded those ‘on their way up’ to those with greater experience. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Ask for an introduction from a trusted friend on Facebook, send a LinkedIn message requesting advice or informal mentorship from a former colleague or professor, or send a tweet to someone you look up to. You may not receive a response a majority of the time, but when you do, it could lead to career guidance and growth. Good luck.

Yair Riemer is the CMO at CareerArc Group. You can find him on Twitter at @YairR.

5 comments
whatthechuck99
whatthechuck99

Using social media is exactly how I got my newest job as a radio personality. I would tweet the DJ's at this station a lot. I noticed they were re-tweeting and favoriting a lot of what I was sending them. One day I asked what it took to become an employee with them, I was told to send in my resume and work samples and 6 months later I got hired. It is the first time and only time I have used social media to get hired thus far. And believe me, I will continue to use this way from now on.

Elizabeth Hutchinson1
Elizabeth Hutchinson1

Thanks for this post, I am currently teaching students about how important it is to demonstrate good social media presence for potential employers. I will be guiding my students to this post.

wenylla
wenylla

This was good stuff.

AdamLSimmons
AdamLSimmons

This post was so on time Yair! Using social media to search for jobs gives an applicant such a tremendous advantage. Researching a company is vital to any job search, but adding a social media check keeps you as right on the company's pulse. It is a great way to stand out from the sea of applicants!

evanlepage
evanlepage moderator

@whatthechuck99  That's a great success story! People can learn from the initiative you took on social media. A simple Tweet can take you far in this job market.